Surveying two decades of work by Graham Fletcher, this exhibition points up the ambiguity in his approach to painting.
Representational depictions such as the Lounge Room Tribalism series are paired with abstraction in which he uses complex grided patterning. His use of motif and medium can be as elusive as his messages, with tactics such as camouflage patterning and mistinted paints deployed. Between the artist's palagi and Samoan heritage, an intersectional third space is denoted.
Image: Graham Fletcher, Untitled (Lounge Room Tribalism), 2011, oil on canvas, 1500 x 1200mm
Join artist Graham Fletcher for a floor talk inside his newly-opened survey exhibition, The Third Space: Ambiguity in the Art of Graham Fletcher.
The exhibition surveys works from across Fletcher’s oeuvre, demonstrating how he harnesses the ambiguous to bring together Pasifika culture and European art history in a cultural limbo. This exhibition aims to deconstruct the entangled web of cross-cultural negotiations and elusive patterning found across the artist’s artworks. Sculptural forms included in the show will harness the same mystical qualities present in Fletcher’s painted statues in modern interiors. Standing within the gallery, the viewer will find themselves in an intersecting cultural third space where themes can be negotiated and cultures can harmonise.
Sat 3 March 11am
Gus Fisher Gallery
Artist: Graham Fletcher
Curator: Linda Tyler